Elseid Hysaj has come off a stellar campaign with Napoli at right-back this past season. Elseid opens up his Euro 2016 account with Albania against Switzerland on Saturday.
Hysaj’s season with Napoli has been nothing short of extraordinary. The talented right full-back will without a doubt be in Albania manager Gianni Di Biasi’s starting XI. Despite undoubtedly being a big part of Albania’s tournament, could Hysaj actually become this year’s surprise player at the Euro? It certainly is a big possibility, and Napoli fans should be worried about losing their talented right back to top European teams if Hysaj indeed performs to his ability.
It is without a doubt that Albania are touted to make an early group stage exit from the Euro, therefore Hysaj must put in top performances to keep his team in games due to their lack of talent. Especially in the match against France, where Hysaj will be put up against the likes of Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. These matches could prove to be opportunities for Elseid to showcase his talent on the world stage. Hysaj will have the chance to show the world what Napoli fans have become so accustomed to.
The main aspect as to why Elseid Hysaj could potentially become the surprise of the tournament is his ability to get up and down the wing, creating havoc for the opposing team’s defense. Hysaj is extremely technically gifted, so having his immense technical ability coupled with his ability to burst up and down the wing with speed can prove to be exciting for viewers to witness. His Euro 2016 performance could be similar to the Czech Republic’s Gebre Selassie back in Euro 2012. Similarly, Gebre Selassie was a wing back that had the same type of abilities that Elseid Hysaj possesses. Selassie did a great job carrying the Czech Republic to the Quarter Final stage of the tournament where they were ultimately beaten at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Can Hysaj carry Albania to the Round of 16 or further? Can he prove to provide the surprise package at this year’s Euro 2016? We will all have to wait to judge the 21 year-old Hysaj on Saturday, June 11 where Albania opens up their Euro 2016 campaign against Switzerland at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France.